We’ve been on a LOT of ferries in our travels, but this was our first “Fast Cat” and it may very well be our last. The ride was NOT pleasant, to say the least…ugh.
Backing into the ferry was something new for us too. We were last on…
…and first off on the other side. Hello Kristiansand Norway!
We drove directly to our first night’s campsite at Lesdesnes, which apparently is uniquely situated, per the sign above.
We knew we’d be camped near a lighthouse (Fyr in Norwegian), but we did not realize that the entire compound is a living museum. We spent a few hours walking the property, touring the buildings, viewing museum exhibits, and entering German World War II trenches.
Lindesnes Fyr was lit in 1656 as the first lighthouse in Norway. The current tower was built in 1915.
In addition to the buildings belonging to the lighthouse, keeper’s cottages, sheds, and boathouses, Lindesnes Lighthouse also has a visitor center inside the nearby mountain with exhibitions, a cinema hall, a cafeteria and museum shop. They welcome motorhomes to spend one night for just $10. Well worth the price for such an interesting location.
Our next encampment was along the shores of Listafjorden at the marina in Feda.
The town of Feda borders both sides of an inlet from the fjord and climbs up the surrounding hillsides.
The next afternoon we stopped at Helleren, which is a large cliff overhanging two houses at the end of the Jøssingfjord, on the southwestern coast of Norway.
Thehouses were built in the early 19th century and abandoned in the 1920s. The houses are preserved as they once were, as houses for poor families subsiding on a combination of farming, sheep herding and fishing.
Here we are staying in a pretty typical “Bobil Camp.” Bobil is motorhome in Norwegian. Many communities allow free overnight parking for self-contained vehicles in specified areas such as this. This one included a WC. Norway is one of the most camper-friendly countries we have visited.
Our view towards the sea across a picturesque graveyard with a charming little chapel.
The scenery here is amazing. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough pullouts for photographers.
Not bad for a “drive-by” shot, eh? It seems there is a fjord around every curve, and there are lots of curves here too.
One of the many marinas we have passed. There is no shortage of water for boat owners to explore here.
Another windshield shot.
Tonight we are camped on the shore of Tyssefjorden in the town of Erfjord. Free of course.
Tomorrow night we may actually pay to camp (!) in one of Norway’s National Parks.